Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War

31 October 2016 | The Video Project

 

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The award winning documentary Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War and five companion shorts are now available at no charge.  Visit www.scarredlandsfilm to find these valuable free digital resources. You are invited to share the links to raise awareness and help your community connect the dots between Environment, Peace and Security through Media and/or host a screening on November 6th to help commemorate UN's International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

 

These shorts are based on the filmmakers’ award-winning feature documentary film, Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, which exposes the under-reported environmental consequences of warfare.  You can view the trailer here.

 

The shorts offer a range of perspective; from the despair at what we left behind in Iraq, to hope that real change is possible through creating alternatives to military force and building a new ethic of interdependence with the natural world.

 

WHAT WE ARE LEAVING BEHIND IN IRAQ

An Iraq war veteran who served two deployments and shows us the destruction and garbage he saw and photographed when leaving Iraq. (7 min)

 

ECOSYSTEMS, WAR AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Four scientists describe the impact of climate change on wildlife and fragile ecosystems, and and draw the parallel between that and the destructive role of warfare in undermining our capacity to protect and sustain our essential natural resources. (4 min)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PATHWAYS TO PEACE BUILDING

Peace parks built between countries provide for shared needs such as access to scarce potable water and opportunities to experience nature. This short offers strategies for maintaining peace and furthering sustainable practices. (6 min)

 

TOP PRIORITY

A retired Lieutenant General says that a top priority is raising consciousness in the military about the need for protecting the environment for future generations, and emphasizes the link between natural security and national security. (3 min)

 

FORGING A NEW ETHIC

The Executive Director of the UN Environment Program explains that we need a new ethic in which every person changes lifestyle, attitude, and behavior. (7 min)

 

 

 

 

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